December 04

CM, Richo seek help for

Arunachalee students in TN

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Shocked by the massive flood in Tamil Nadu, particularly in Chennai that left 269 people dead, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and APCC president Padi Richo late Thursday evening contacted AICC general secretary V Narayansamy and secretary Dr Jayakumar, both in-charge of NE states, seeking their help for Arunachalee students studying there.  

Dr Jayakumar and Narayansamy, requested the duo to pass on their mobile numbers 09910190999 and 08800801965 respectively to anyone from NE region to contact them for any help.

Expressing deep concern over the situation, Tuki and Richo prayed the all mighty for blessings to relieve the families who lost their near and dear ones of agonies.    

Both of them in separate statements said that steps are being taken to know if the Arunachalee students studying there were having any problem.


‘No shifting of NHPC’s office’

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: The NHPC said that there is no any move to shift NHPC’s Itanagar office anywhere as reported in the local media. “It was clarified that NHPC’s Itanagar office was not shifting anywhere as reported in the local media, rather soon after taking over charge of CMD, KM Singh along with Director (Technical) D P Bhargava visited Subansiri Lower HE Project and also met Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at Itanagar indicating NHPC’s intention to expand business in this region, said an NHPC release.

During its courtesy call to Minister for Hydro Power Development, Phurpa Tsering recently, NHPC team led by Executive Director, NHPC Ltd, Itanagar, Ronel Kumar  further sought the help of the Minister to expedite the FRA compliances of Tawang Basin Projects which is held up due to non-receipt of NOC from Gram Sabhas of six villages.

During the meeting issues related to restart of stalled works of 2000 MW Subansiri Lower HE Project and prospects of business expansion were discussed, the release added.


DC asks deptts. to be prepared for ensuing outreach camp

KHONSA, Dec 3: Tirap DC Ravi Jha asked all the departments and the service providers to be prepared well in advance to ensure that maximum villagers benefit from an outreach camp which will be organized at Bari-Bariap near Katang village on Dec 18 next.

The decision to organize the administrative outreach camp was taken during a coordination meeting held in the DC’s conference hall on Wednesday, which was attended by SP, HoDs and Khela-Lamsa ZPM Sontung Lowang Bangsia.

During the meeting, the DC also urged all the concerned departments like power to provide all the logistics to make the proposed camp a success. A pre-outreach camp meeting has also been fixed on Dec 11 at Katang village to create awareness about the camp among the people.

It may be mentioned here that Bari-Basiap CO headquarters which is yet to function fully is situated between Khonsa and Changlang along CK road, about 30 KM from Khonsa. The outreach camp is being conducted with an aim of taking the administration closer to the people who face much hardship in coming to Khonsa even for simple matters like issuance of STC, PRC etc. (DIPRO)


Indigenous Faith Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Dec 3:  The Indigenous Faith Day was celebrated by Central Do:nyiPo:lo Yélam Kébang (CDPYK) Pasighat with much fervor on Tuesday. The celebrations began with a day-long car/bike rally which began from Éngo-Takar Déré, Central Ganggíng, Pasighat and culminated at Mebo.

Speaking on the occasion, Hemchandra Doley, Social worker, writer-cum-film director from Majuli encouraged all to preserve the age-old tradition of indigenous faith to protect one’s own identity. CDPYK Secretary General Tajom Tasung also urged all the indigenous believers to carry forward the unfinished works of Golgí Boté Talom Rukbo to preserve one’s own tradition and culture. Chief Advisor Kaling Borang and CDPYK President Tabi Jerang also spoke on the occasion. President of All Assam Do:nyiPo:lo Yélam Kébang,Dr. Gonokanto Lagasung and Hemchandran Doley also attended the celebrations.

The Day was also celebrated at Raga with a large number of people including students taking out a rally and organizing a function to mark the day.


ASM chairperson seeks

CS intervention

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Claiming that despite release of payment amounting to Rs 2 crores against Sippi to Chetam road under PMGSY in  Chetam Administrative Circle of Upper Subansiri, Anchal Chairperson, 6th Chetam Anchal Block, Tari Guha today sought for constitution of High Level Enquiry Committee against the executing agency. In his letter written to the Chief Secretary, ASM Chairperson claimed that said work was awarded to M/s Subu Tachang in August 2014 after e-tender in July 2014. However, after passage of year no visible work has been done except few culverts , ASM Chairperson added.

Expressing displeasure over the RWD Daporijo, the ASM Chairperson stated the department is maintaining stoic silence over inordinate delay in work.  He further claimed that Rs 2 crores have already been paid to the contractor against the said work.  ASM chairperson sought CS intervention and pleaded him to give direction to RWD Daporijo to resume the work so that it completes within stipulated time.


Social service at General Hospital

AALO, Dec 3: Paktu Ao Youth Welfare Association (PAYWA) in collaboration with PHED is organizing a two days social service to restore water supply system at General Hospital, Aalo on Dec 3 and 4.

The obsolete water supply pipes were replaced with new pipes by the PAYWA. The social service would cater regular water supply to the various branches like OPD, Medical Superintendent Office, dressing room and  labour rooms of the hospital.

PAYWA has lauded PHED officials for extending manpower and other necessary support for success of the social service. DIPRO


Mission Indradhanush review meeting held

KHONSA, Dec 3: Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha has urged all the Medical Officers in-charge of Borduria, Kapu, Dadam and Soha PHCs  Deomali CHC to cover up the dropped out and missed out 0-2 years children in the 3rd round Mission Indradhanush mobile vaccination camp in their respective jurisdiction.

Jha was speaking at a review meeting of Mission Indradhanush round 1st, 2nd and strategy for round 3 at his chamber.

Earlier, DMO, Dr. N Lowang highlighted the total children immunized during 1st and  2nd round by the MI mobile camp conducted in various circles.

The meeting was attended by DD(ICDS), A Lowangchha, DDSE Pubi Lombi, in-charge of various health centres  and staff of DPM  and district NHM.


Pario makes exclusive tour to his constituency

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Minister PHE & WS, Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation Takam Pario made an exclusive tour of his constituency from November 28 to Dec 2 last to oversee the various ongoing road construction works  and other development activities.

On the concluding day of his tour, the minister launched Chief Minister Universal Health Insurance Scheme (CMUHIS) and Census and Survey of unemployment under CM’s Employment Generation programe at Nyikum-Nya Hall, Palin. Pario also emphasized on early completion of the survey within one and half month.


Call for CBI enquiry

ITANAGAR, Nov 3: The Arunachal Anti-Corruption Union (AACU) has called for deputing CBI and Anti-Corruption Bureau Agency in the state to check corruption. It has submitted a memorandum to the Governor in this regard.


Orientation course for GP

member secretaries begins

ITANAGAR, Dec 3:  A state-level orientation course for member secretaries of Gram Panchayat on Gram Panchayat Development Plan under ‘My Village My Development Plan’ (MVMDP) began at the SIRD, Conference Hall here today.

During the programme Deputy Director PR, Gaat Ligu and Assistant Director PR, Tapang Kopak informed the participants that it was mandatory for all Gram Panchayats to hold two Gram Sabhas. While exhorting the member secretaries to play a proactive role, they further informed that the grants under the 14th Finance Commission shall be transferred to the Gram Panchayat accounts.

RGPSA SNO Likha Kiran Kabak also gave an overview of MVMDP and highlighted the important role that member secretaries of Gram Panchayat plays in village development process. She stressed the need for each Gram Panchayat to develop a very comprehensive development plan based on actual needs of the villagers. She also apprised the Member Secretaries about the composition and role of GPDC, BRG and DPC.

Faculties from SIRD-SPRC will hold sessions on topics like, Planning Premise Development, Household Survey, Situation Analysis and Projectisation, Role of PES in MVMDP besides, panel discussion on issue pertaining to RD & PR during the course.


Veteran Football Cup 2015

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Arunachal United FC defeated Kra-Dadi Veteran by 3-0 goals in the second day of the 3rd State level Veteran Football Cup 2015 at R G Stadium, Naharlagun. United FC defeated Emchi Veteran by 5-1 goals and Papa-XI drew with Doimukh Veteran Warriors.

In the first match played today morning, AUFC scored in the third minute through a goal of Dojum Nomuk. Arunachal United FC, Captain, Taja Bonung scored in the 20th and 52nd minute to finish 3-0.

In the second match, Naharlagun United FC was shocked by Emchi Veterans in the 14th minute through the goal by Techi Tutu, but came back strongly and equalized in the 22nd minute through the goal of Toko Shama. Kipa Takum scored in the 24th minute to take the lead. Toko Shama then scored 3 goals to finish by 5-1 goals.

In the last match, Papa XI drew with Doimukh Veteran Warriors. DVW took the lead in the 46th minute through a goal scored by Biren Langha, which was equaled by Gollo Aja of Papa XI.



Recovering From Stroke

[ Dr. Amber Anand, PT ]

The process of recovering from a stroke usually includes treatment, spontaneous recovery, rehabilitation, and the return to community living. Because stroke survivors often have complex rehabilitation needs, progress and recovery are different for each person. Treatment for stroke begins in a hospital with “acute care.” This first step includes helping the patient survive, preventing another stroke, and taking care of any other medical problems.

Spontaneous recovery happens naturally to most people. Soon after the stroke, some abilities that have been lost usually start to come back. This process is quickest during the first few weeks, but it sometimes continues for a long time.


Rehabilitation is another part of treatment. It helps the person keep abilities and gain back lost abilities to become more independent. It usually begins while the patient is still in acute care. For many patients, it continues afterward, either as a formal rehabilitation program or as individual rehabilitation services. Many decisions about rehabilitation are made by the patient, family, and hospital staff before discharge from acute care. The last stage in stroke recovery begins with the person’s return to community living after acute care or rehabilitation. This stage can last for a lifetime as the stroke survivor and family learn to live with the effects of the stroke. This may include doing common tasks in new ways or making up for damage to or limits of one part of the body by greater activity of another. For example, a stroke survivor can wear shoes with velcro closures instead of laces or may learn to write with the opposite hand.

What Happens During Acute Care?

The main purposes of acute care are to:

• Make sure the patient’s condition is caused by a stroke and not by some other medical problem.

• Determine the type and location of the stroke and how serious it is.

• Prevent or treat complications such as bowel or bladder problems or pressure ulcers (bed sores).

• Prevent another stroke.

• Encourage the patient to move and perform self-care tasks, such as eating and getting out of bed, as early as medically possible. This is the first step in rehabilitation.

Preventing Another Stroke

People who have had a stroke have an increased risk of another stroke, especially during the first year after the original stroke. The risk of another stroke goes up with older age, high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, having had a transient ischemic attack (TIA), heart disease, cigarette smoking, heavy alcohol use, and drug abuse. While some risk factors for stroke (such as age) cannot be changed, the risk factors for the others can be reduced through use of medicines or changes in lifestyle.

Patients and families should ask for guidance from their doctor or nurse about preventing another stroke. They need to work together to make healthy changes in the patient’s lifestyle. Patients and families should also learn the warning signs of a TIA (such as weakness on one side of the body and slurred speech) and see a doctor immediately if these happen.

How Stroke Affects People

Effects on the Body, Mind, and Feelings

Each stroke is different depending on the part of the brain injured, how bad the injury is, and the person’s general health. Some of the effects of stroke are:

Weakness (hemiparesis) or paralysis (hemiplegia) on one side of the body.

This may affect the whole side or just the arm or the leg. The weakness or paralysis is on the side of the body opposite the side of the brain injured by the stroke. For example, if the stroke injured the left side of the brain, the weakness or paralysis will be on the right side of the body.

Problems with balance or coordination.

These can make it hard for the person to sit, stand, or walk, even if muscles are strong enough.

Problems using language (aphasia and dysarthria).

A person with aphasia  may have trouble understanding speech or writing. Or, the person may understand but may not be able to think of the words to speak or write. A person with dysarthria knows the right words but has trouble saying them clearly.

Being unaware of or ignoring things on one side of the body (bodily neglect or inattention).

Often, the person will not turn to look toward the weaker side or even eat food from the half of the plate on that side.

Pain, numbness, or odd sensations.

These can make it hard for the person to relax and feel comfortable.

Problems with memory, thinking, attention, or learning (cognitive problems).

A person may have trouble with many mental activities or just a few. For example, the person may have trouble following directions, may get confused if something in a room is moved, or may not be able to keep track of the date or time.

Being unaware of the effects of the stroke.

The person may show poor judgment by trying to do things that are unsafe as a result of the stroke.

Trouble swallowing (dysphagia).

This can make it hard for the person to get enough food. Also, care must sometimes be taken to prevent the person from breathing in food (aspiration) while trying to swallow it.

Problems with bowel or bladder control.

These problems can be helped with the use of portable urinals, bedpans, and other toileting devices.

Getting tired very quickly.

Becoming tired very quickly may limit the person’s participation and performance in a rehabilitation program.

Sudden bursts of emotion, such as laughing, crying, or anger.

These emotions may indicate that the person needs help, understanding, and support in adjusting to the effects of the stroke.


This is common in people who have had strokes. It can begin soon after the stroke or many weeks later, and family members often notice it first.

Depression After Stroke

It is normal for a stroke survivor to feel sad over the problems caused by stroke. However, some people experience a major depressive disorder, which should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. A person with a major depressive disorder has a number of symptoms nearly every day, all day, for at least 2 weeks. These always include at least one of the following:

• Feeling sad, blue, or down in the dumps.

• Loss of interest in things that the person used to enjoy.

A person may also have other physical or psychological symptoms, including:

• Feeling slowed down or restless and unable to sit still.

• Feeling worthless or guilty.

• Increase or decrease in appetite or weight.

• Problems concentrating, thinking, remembering, or making decisions.

• Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much.

• Loss of energy or feeling tired all of the time.

• Headaches.

• Other aches and pains.

• Digestive problems.

• Sexual problems.

• Feeling pessimistic or hopeless.

• Being anxious or worried.

• Thoughts of death or suicide.

If a stroke survivor has symptoms of depression, especially thoughts of death or suicide, professional help is needed right away. Once the depression is properly treated, these thoughts will go away. Depression can be treated with medication, psychotherapy, or both. If it is not treated, it can cause needless suffering and also makes it harder to recover from the stroke.

Disabilities After Stroke

A “disability” is difficulty doing something that is a normal part of daily life. People who have had a stroke may have trouble with many activities that were easy before, such as walking, talking, and taking care of “activities of daily living” (ADLs). These include basic tasks such as bathing, dressing, eating, and using the toilet, as well as more complex tasks called “instrumental activities of daily living” (IADLs), such as housekeeping, using the telephone, driving, and writing checks. Some disabilities are obvious right after the stroke. Others may not be noticed until the person is back home and is trying to do something for the first time since the stroke.

Deciding About Rehabilitation

Some people do not need rehabilitation after a stroke because the stroke was mild or they have fully recovered. Others may be too disabled to participate. However, many patients can be helped by rehabilitation. Hospital staff will help the patient and family decide about rehabilitation and choose the right services or program.

Types of Rehabilitation Programs

There are several kinds of rehabilitation programs:

Hospital Programs

These programs can be provided by special rehabilitation hospitals or by rehabilitation units in acute care hospitals. Complete rehabilitation services are available. The patient stays in the hospital during rehabilitation. An organized team of specially trained professionals provides the therapy. Hospital programs are usually more intense than other programs and require more effort from the patient.

Outpatient Programs

Outpatient programs allow a patient who lives at home to get a full range of services by visiting a hospital outpatient department, outpatient rehabilitation facility, or day hospital program.

Home Based Programs

The patient can live at home and receive rehabilitation services from visiting professionals. An important advantage of home programs is that patients learn skills in the same place where they will use them.

Individual Rehabilitation Services

Many stroke survivors do not need a complete range of rehabilitation services. Instead, they may need an individual type of service, such as regular physical therapy or speech therapy. These services are available from outpatient and home care programs.

Choosing a Rehabilitation Program

The doctor and other hospital staff will provide information and advice about rehabilitation programs, but the patient and family make the final choice. Hospital staffs know the patient’s disabilities and medical condition. They should also be familiar with the rehabilitation programs in the community and should be able to answer questions about them. The patient and family may have a preference about whether the patient lives at home or at a rehabilitation facility. They may have reasons for preferring one program over another. Their concerns are important and should be discussed with hospital staff.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Rehabilitation Program

• Does the program provide the services the patient needs?

• Does it match the patient’s abilities or is it too demanding or not demanding enough?

• What kind of standing does it have in the community for the quality of the program?

• Is it certified and does its staff have good credentials?

• Is it located where family members can easily visit?

• Does it actively involve the patient and family members in rehabilitation decisions?

• Does it encourage family members to participate in some rehabilitation sessions and practice with the patient?

• If it is an outpatient or home program, is there someone living at home who can provide care?

• If it is an outpatient program, is transportation available?

A person may start rehabilitation in one program and later transfer to another. For example, some patients who get tired quickly may start out in a less intense rehabilitation program. After they build up their strength, they are able to transfer to a more intense program.

When Rehabilitation Is Not Recommended

Some families and patients may be disappointed if the doctor does not recommend rehabilitation. However, a person may be unconscious or too disabled to benefit. For example, a person who is unable to learn may be better helped by maintenance care at home or in a nursing facility. A person who is, at first, too weak for rehabilitation may benefit from a gradual recovery period at home or in a nursing facility. This person can consider rehabilitation at a later time. It is important to remember that:

• Hospital staffs are responsible for helping plan the best way to care for the patient after discharge from acute care. They can also provide or arrange for needed social services and family education.

• This is not the only chance to participate in rehabilitation. People who are too disabled at first may recover enough to enter rehabilitation later.

What Happens During Rehabilitation?

In hospital or nursing facility rehabilitation programs, the patient may spend several hours a day in activities such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, recreational therapy, group activities, and patient and family education. It is important to maintain skills that help recovery. Part of the time is spent relearning skills (such as walking and speaking) that the person had before the stroke. Part of it is spent learning new ways to do things that can no longer be done the old way (for example, using one hand for tasks that usually need both hands).

Setting Rehabilitation Goals

The goals of rehabilitation depend on the effects of the stroke, what the patient was able to do before the stroke, and the patient’s wishes. Working together, goals are set by the patient, family, and rehabilitation program staff. Sometimes, a person may need to repeat steps in striving to reach goals.

If goals are too high, the patient will not be able to reach them. If they are too low, the patient may not get all the services that would help. If they do not match the patient’s interests, the patient may not want to work at them. Therefore, it is important for goals to be realistic. To help achieve realistic goals, the patient and family should tell program staff about things that the patient wants to be able to do.

Rehabilitation Goals

• Being able to walk, at least with a walker or cane, is a realistic goal for most stroke survivors.

• Being able to take care of oneself with some special equipment is a realistic goal for most.

• Being able to drive a car is a realistic goal for some.

• Having a job can be a realistic goal for some people who were working before the stroke. For some, the old job may not be possible but another job or a volunteer activity may be.

Reaching treatment goals does not mean the end of recovery. It just means that the stroke survivor and family are ready to continue recovery on their own.

Rehabilitation Specialists

Because every stroke is different, treatment will be different for each person. Rehabilitation is provided by several types of specially trained professionals. A person may work with any or all of these:


All patients in stroke rehabilitation have a physician in charge of their care. Several kinds of doctors with rehabilitation experience may have this role. These include family physicians and internists (primary care doctors), geriatricians (specialists in working with older patients), neurologists (specialists in the brain and nervous system), and physiatrists (specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation).

Rehabilitation nurse.

Rehabilitation nurses specialize in nursing care for people with disabilities. They provide direct care, educate patients and families, and help the doctor to coordinate care.


Physical therapists evaluate and treat problems with moving, balance, and coordination. They provide training and exercises to improve walking, getting in and out of a bed or chair, and moving around without losing balance. They teach family members how to help with exercises for the patient and how to help the patient move or walk, if needed.

Occupational therapist.

Occupational therapists provide exercises and practice to help patients do things they could do before the stroke such as eating, bathing, dressing, writing, or cooking. The old way of doing an activity sometimes is no longer possible, so the therapist teaches a new technique.

Speech-language pathologist

Speech-language pathologists help patients get back language skills and learn other ways to communicate. Teaching families how to improve communication is very important. Speech-language pathologists also work with patients who have swallowing problems (dysphagia).

Social worker.

Social workers help patients and families make decisions about rehabilitation and plan the return to the home or a new living place. They help the family answer questions about insurance and other financial issues and can arrange for a variety of support services. They may also provide or arrange for patient and family counseling to help cope with any emotional problems.


Psychologists are concerned with the mental and emotional health of patients. They use interviews and tests to identify and understand problems. They may also treat thinking or memory problems or may provide advice to other professionals about patients with these problems.

Therapeutic recreation specialist.

These therapists help patients return to activities that they enjoyed before the stroke such as playing cards, gardening, bowling, or community activities. Recreational therapy helps the rehabilitation process and encourages the patient to practice skills.

Other professionals.

Other professionals may also help with the patient’s treatment. An orthotist may make special braces to support weak ankles and feet. A urologist may help with bladder problems. Other physician specialists may help with medical or emotional problems. Dietitians make sure that the patient has a healthy diet during rehabilitation. They also educate the family about proper diet after the patient leaves the program. Vocational counselors may help patients go back to work or school.

Deciding About Special Equipment

Even after rehabilitation, some stroke survivors have trouble walking, balancing, or performing certain activities of daily living. Special equipment can sometimes help. Here are some examples:


Many people who have had strokes use a cane when walking. For people with balancing problems, special canes with three or four “feet” are available.


A walker provides more support than a cane. Several designs are available for people who can only use one hand and for different problems with walking or balance.

Ankle-foot orthotic devices (braces)

Braces help a person to walk by keeping the ankle and foot in the correct position and providing support for the knee.


Some people will need a wheelchair. Wheelchairs come in many different designs. They can be customized to fit the user’s needs and abilities. Find out which features are most important for the stroke survivor.

Aids for bathing, dressing, and eating

Some of these are safety devices such as grab bars and nonskid tub and floor mats. Others make it easier to do things with one hand. Examples are velcro fasteners on clothes and placemats that won’t slide on the table.

Communication aids

These range from small computers to homemade communication boards. The stroke survivor, family, and rehabilitation program staff should decide together what special equipment is needed. Program staff can help in making the best choices. Medicare or health insurance will often help pay for the equipment.

Preparing Caregivers

Caregivers who help stroke survivors at home are usually family members such as a husband or wife or an adult son or daughter. They may also be friends or even professional home health aides. Usually, one person is the main caregiver, while others help from time to time. An important part of discharge planning is to make sure that caregivers understand the safety, physical, and emotional needs of the stroke survivor, and that they will be available to provide needed care.

Since every stroke is different, people have different needs for help from caregivers. Here are some of the things caregivers may do:

• Keep notes on discharge plans and instructions and ask about anything that is not clear.

• Help to make sure that the stroke survivor takes all prescribed medicines and follows suggestions from program staff about diet, exercise, rest, and other health practices.

• Encourage and help the person to practice skills learned in rehabilitation.

• Help the person solve problems and discover new ways to do things.

• Help the person with activities performed before the stroke. These could include using tools, buttoning a shirt, household tasks, and leisure or social activities.

• Help with personal care, if the person cannot manage alone.

• Help with communication, if the person has speech problems. Include the stroke survivor in conversations even when the person cannot actively participate.


News Impact


World Disabled Day observed

Govt. committed to uphold rights of differently abled: Felix

ITANAGAR, Dec 3:  Arunachal Pradesh today observed the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with various programmes.

Joining the World Disabled Day observation with around 100 school children with Special Needs (CWSNs) coming from various districts of the state here today, Parliamentary Secretary Education, IPR& Printing, Bamang Felix said that the state government is committed to welfare and progress of the  children with Special Needs in various areas including in the fields of games and sports, employment opportunities, access to educational rights, social security and their integration into the mainstream to promote the inclusive growth of society.

He urged upon  the differently abled children to come forward and claim their rightful place in the society. With commitment and determination, transform yourself into a proud citizen of the state, he said.

He was addressing at a function to mark the World Disabled Day under the aegis of “Inclusive Education for Children  with Special Needs (CWSN)”, organised by the SSA Rajya Mission, Itanagar today at Siddhartha Hall.

He also conveyed the message of the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on the occasion.

The  state Govt. has made provision for special reservation in job quota for the disabled adding that Govt. has also enhanced the prevailing disability pension amount of Rs. 200 (which is the norm in the country) to Rs.1000. Referring to official figures, he informed that in the state, there are 6700 disabled persons.

Calling upon all sections of the society, he said that we must resolve that they are integral part of our society and help them to be empowered members of the society.

On the occasion, he also called upon the children to play a major role and contribute in making a world a better place in creating awareness on conservation issues like global warming, afforestation and for also for promoting peace and harmony. “You are the angels of God, God sent you with a purpose” he said and urged them to be driven with purpose and enthusiasm.

Felix also urged the resource persons and teachers to provide special guidance and nurture their potentials as envisaged in the Inclusive Education or Children with Special Needs (CWSN). “I believe that you will deliver your responsibility in the true spirit to bring them to the mainstream of the society” he added.

To encourage the aspiring sportspersons participating in the Paralegal Olympics in the state and NE level, the state government will give cash awards to medal winners from this year, Rs. 5 lacs for state level and Rs. 12 lacs for medal winners in NE level. The state Government will also extend the amount of Rs. 1 crore for Gold medal, for Silver medal Rs.75 lacs, and Rs. 50 lacs for Bronze medal for wining sportspersons of the state in the Olympics, to the winners of the Para Olympics from this year. Announcing this, Felix exhorted them to work hard to excel in their chosen fields with confidence and determination.

Earlier, the Deputy State Project Director, (SSA Rajya Mission), Likha Sampu highlighted that the theme of the World Disability Day promoted by the United Nations since 1992 was “full participation and equality” defined as the rights of persons with disabilities to take part fully in the life and developments of their societies, enjoy living conditions equal to those of other citizens, and have an equal share in improved conditions resulting from socio-economic development. Equal access to educational rights is envisaged under the SSA-Rajya Mission as component of Inclusive Education.

He informed that globally almost one in ten people is a person living with disability and recent studies indicate that persons with disabilities constitute upto 20 percent of the population living in poverty. It is a matter of concern that they often face stigma and discrimination and are routinely denied basic rights such as food, education, employment, access to health and reproductive health services.

Earlier, State Project Director, SSA Rajya Mission, Opak Gao informed that the Inclusive Education of SSA has taken up awareness programmes, health and various assistances. The Day is also being celebrated in the districts and expressed happiness with the enthusiastic participation of the children.

The State Coordinator (Inclusive Education) SSA Rajya Mission, Techi Pratap also spoke on the occasion.

The resource persons and students also put forward their feedback like provision for special stipends, availability of teaching learning materials to strengthen the inclusive education and also for inviting successful and meritorious differently abled on the occasion to motivate as role models.

On Dec 1 and 2, various cultural, literary and sports competitions were conducted for the participating children. Prizes to the winners of the various events, 100mtrs race for girls and junior boys, 200 mtrs, race for boys, essay competitions, drawing competitions and solo song were given away on the occasion. Parliamentary Secretary, Bamang Felix also gave out the trophy for Overall District Champion to the East Kameng District team, while West Kameng team received the Best Disciplined district trophy.

The occasion was also marked by a rally taken out from Akashdeep, Ganga to culminate at Siddhartha hall.

At Aalo, a procession was taken out by a large number of students with posters banners and slogans from Govt. Secondary School, PI colony to mark the World Disabled Day today. The rally passed through Sipu colony, Cooperative Tiniali, Paktu Bango and culminated at PI Colony where a mass meeting was addressed by the DPC Coordinator Bamin Loyi about the significance of the day. The programme was organised by SSA Zilla Mission West Siang.

At Seppa, East Kameng DC Sandeep Kumar Singh asked the teachers to put up extra efforts to explore the potentials of the students especially, children with special needs (CWSN). He was addressing a programme on the occasion of World Disabled Day at BRC Office, Seppa today which was attended by CWSN from various school of the district.

He also advised the students to identify and make maximum use of their inherent talents. He also inspired them with the examples of many UPSE achievers who have overcome their disabilities to succeed in life.

DDSE Kata Rangmo also lauded the CSWN students for their participation in the recently concluded sports, culture and literacy competition.

Later, the DC also gave away prizes to the winners of competition of various activities.  

At Khonsa, the World Disability Day was observed at SSA ID Hall, Khonsa today under aegis of SSA district mission with various programmes.

Speaking on the occasion, Tirap DC Ravi Jha urged the students to maintain time table and discipline.

“Disabled people shouldn’t be discriminated, must be loved and cared. Disability can happen to anyone. Young people should learn to treat the differently abled persons and people with some short-comings with love and compassion,” he said.

He further suggested the children to remain alert and vigilant always so that they become worthy citizens of the country.

Participating in the deliberation, DDSE Pubi Lombi saying that there are many kinds of disabilities including physical and mental disabilities asked the students to treat their friends having any kind of disability with love and affection.

As a part of the World Disability Day, secondary essay competition, drawing and painting competition were conducted for the students of various secondary schools. The DC, DDSE and District Coordinator SSA gave away the prizes to the winners. DIPR/ DIPROs


DPM School observes  World Disabled day

Donyi-Polo Mission School for the Hearing and Visually impaired has organized various cultural programme and literary activities like painting, essay writing, debate competitions and group discussion among the students to mark the  International Day of Differently abled persons.

The  cultural programme performed by the  differently abled children mesmerized the  audience and dignitaries  present on the occasion including Executive Director (NHPC) Ronel Kumar, State Liaison Officer (NSS) Department of Education Dr V N Sharma, Rajesh Yadav, Deputy Commandant, 138 Bn and Founder Chairman Gegong Apang.

Later prizes were also distributed to the winners of the various  competitive events organised by the school authority  during last two days. Besides Ronel Kumar, Dr VN Sharma, Gegong Apang,   Assistant Director (Tourism) Bengia Mana Sonam, social workers Bijaya Sonam, School Principal H Sharma also spoke on the occasion.

Among others Dr J Mahato, Medical Officer, Raj Bhawan Dispensary, Dr B Saha, Principal KV-II Itanagar, Dr Nalo, MO (NHPC) were present on the occasion.



Lest we forget December 3 in Arunachal history

[ Taba Ajum ]

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Not many Arunachalees are aware of the fact that 3rd December is an important day in the history of Arunachal Pradesh. It was on this day in the year 1969 that agency council, the apex institution under Panchayat system in North East Frontier Agency (NEFA) came into existence. In a way one can say that democratic process started in the state on that very day.

The first agency council members of NEFA were Wangmai Rajkumar, Ita Polu, Tadak Basar, Tapang Gyama, Rinchin Namje, Khongman Longsam, P Wangham, Hanwang Lowang, C Gohain, Sengo Kri, Gora Pertin, Kabang Borang, Sutem Tasung, Tamar Karlo, Tsewang Norbu, N Dususu, Pema Dorjee, Dani Kunya, Nabam Runkhi and Gangte Takio. They were representatives of Tirap, Siang, Lohit, Subansiri and Kameng frontiers.

These legendary figures played crucial role in shaping the future of present Arunachal Pradesh which was then known as NEFA. They used to meet at Shillong, headquarter of NEFA, under the chairmanship of the Governor of Assam. During the second session of council held on 10th and 11th August, 1970, the agency members discussed at length about the need for proper naming of NEFA. All of them agreed that NEFA did not properly represent the region and therefore process of finding a name for NEFA started.

The council had three names to select. These were Arunachal, Udayachal and Brahma Mandal. After lot of deliberation under the chairmanship of then Governor of Assam B K Nehru, the agency council members zeroed in on the name of Arunachal Pradesh, meaning the land of rising Sun.

These are some of the most fascinating aspects of Arunachal’s history which unfortunately state government has failed to share with the people of the state. Also the contribution of the first agency council members of NEFA has not been properly recognized. Atleast government should have named an institution or a stretch of road in the memory of some of the council members who are no more alive. Likewise there are many interesting important historical events which have not been properly documented over the years. The department of research which has a major role to play has not been properly supported by the state government. It is time that the state government pays more attention towards documenting rich history of the state so that coming generations are enriched about Arunachal’s past.



State needs minimum 3 to 4 airports: Governor

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has approached the Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati for minimum of 3 to 4 airports in the state to address the communication bottleneck particularly, in air connectivity.

In his letter to the Union Minister on Nov 13, the Governor impressed upon him that Arunachal Pradesh is the largest among the eight North Eastern states with difficult mountainous terrains with poor road, rail and air connectivity but very high tourism potential, in addition to being a very important strategic frontier state having international borders with Bhutan, China and Myanmar.

The Governor said that Arunachal Pradesh with its 83,743 Sq km of land area should have not one, but minimum of three to four airports to cover most of the districts. He pointed that Assam, which has lower geographical area of about 79,000 Sq km has presently 6 airports.

Requesting the Union Minister to consider setting up of additional airports in addition to the already sanctioned Green Field Airport for the state, the Governor called for constituting of a high-power Expert Site Selection Committee in consultation with the state government. This, the Governor said, will create confidence among the people of Arunachal Pradesh about the sincerity of the central government to fast track the development of the under developed state.

Reiterating his stand on the sanctioned Green Field Airport for the state, the Governor clarified that based on suggestions from many quarters regarding alleged malpractices in the land acquisition on behest of some powerful political leaders, he had suggested for a thorough scrutiny of all documents of the land owners covered under the acquisition process by CBI or and other Central Agency and meanwhile upgrading adjacent Lilabari Airport in Assam, keeping in mind likely delay in constructing the Airport at Hollongi, for which all the clearances were reportedly not available. The Governor empathetically said that he had not recommended for scrapping of a Green Field Airport for the state or for abandoning Hollongi site.

Expressing surprise and dismay on the selectively leakage of his letter to Prime Minister in the media to give a impression that he had recommended for scrapping of the only Green Field Airport Project for Arunachal Pradesh to benefit his home state of Assam through upgrading of the Lilabari Airport, the Governor said that in order to dispel public apprehension on possible abandonment of the Project, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airport Authority of India must finalize all necessary steps on priority basis for setting up the Airport at Hollongi or Karsingsa-Banderdewa or any other suitable site in Papum Pare district, based on techno-economic-social-environmental considerations. He also suggested that a vigilance mechanism should be put in place to ensure that there is no abnormality in its process of project implementation.  

Acknowledging the letter from the Governor, the Union Minister of Civil Aviation on Nov 19, informed that the matter is being examined for appropriate action. The Governor had also requested the Prime Minister on the issue. (PRO to Governor)



CM sanctions fund for restoration of Kitpi hydels

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today passed an order for release of Rs. 1.5 Cr immediately for restoration of Kitpi-I and Kitpi-II Hydels and additional Rs 30 Lakhs to power department for running the DG set. Concerned over the reported power crisis hitting Tawang causing inconvenience to the local public and affecting tourism, Tuki convened a high level meeting of Power department here this morning and  gave an order for release of fund on the department’s advice.

The restoration work would take atleast one month and during that period the DG set would be used to supply power to the denizens of Tawang.

Earlier, Commissioner, Power, Kaling Tayeng made a detail presentation on the power scenario of Tawang district showing break-up of generation capacity including installed capacity and present generation capacities of various hydel projects commissioned in the district. While briefing on the issues that has been hampering continues flow of uninterrupted power supply in the district, Tayeng suggested mitigation measures of short term, long term and medium term to address the problem on urgent basis. Hydropower department assured that power supply would be improved with the restoration works on important hydel stations which at present generates 2.52 MW. An additional 1 MW would be added for supply after the restoration of Kitpi-I and Kitpi-II totalling to 3.5 MW which will to a great extent give respite to the power crisis of the district in addition to the power supplied through generator.

The meeting was attended by Minister Power (Elect) Tanga Byaling, Minister Hydropower Phurpa Tsering, Principal Secretary Finance Satyagopal Sinha, Secretary Planning, Secretary Hydropower and Chief Engineers of concerned departments.

The progress of the decisions taken in the meeting will be reviewed in another meeting to be held on Dec 25.



CS reviews central schemes under State Plan

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi has urged government officers to take stock of progress made under various Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CCS) and apprised the concerned Ministry to release subsequent installments.

He was chairing a high level meeting to review the progress of CCS under State plan here at Banquet hall, today. All the concerned departments reviewed and discussed their problems in the meeting.

The Chief Secretary informed that the budget estimate 20015-16 is Rs. 3245 Cr, out of which fund received till date is Rs. 1052.09 Cr and State share is Rs. 62.08 Cr till date.

The Chief Secretary also stated the Secretaries should also make a point to meet concern officers in the Ministry and submit required documents. He further directed all Secretaries to meet the targets by December.

After discussing and reviewing the problems from all departments, Negi expressed happiness on the execution of Arunachal Trans Highway, and that forest clearance are on time and required land acquisitions are going smoothly.

Stating that the Rs. 2200 Cr which still needs to come under CSS should be met, Principal Secretary Finance, Satya Gopal directed the Secretaries to ensure the fund should come from the State through them. Informing that most of the departments have not submitted their Revised Estimates (RE), he asked all the Secretaries to format and submit it to the Finance department on time. For expedition of schemes, the Principal Secretary suggested to enhance financial power of Secretaries and Commissioners. It will not only enhance the power but also lessen the burden of Finance department.

Earlier, Secretary Planning, Sonam Chombay, presented an overview of the CSS. DIPR



Gora Pertin memorial school inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Bringing joy to hundreds of students and parents, the Gora Pertin Memorial Public School was inaugurated by the Lower Dibang valley (LDV) deputy commissioner Ravi Dhawan yesterday at Bolung village near Roing town.

Dhawan in his address equated education with a burning light that can bring monumental changes in the society and stressed that “being educated is more important than being merely literate”. He hoped that with the inauguration of the new school, quality education would be the primary focus of the authorities. He also highly lauded the family of late Gora Pertin who was the first pro term speaker of the state and a prominent public leader, for their contribution in setting up the school and donating 3 acres of land free in the village premises for its building.  

Dr. Minggam Pertin, M.D, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, at Arunachal State Hospital Naharlagun and the youngest son of Late Gora Pertin, in his address particularly stressed on good parenting and said that “it’s important for parents to follow up the performance of their wards. Simply sending children to school is not enough. One must show them the right direction, otherwise there’s no point in trying to educate them”. Recounting how his father along with late Ita Pulu were the main forces behind setting up of the now much sought after VKV school at Roing, Pertin added that their vision had guided them to actively do the site selection and marking to facilitate its early establishment. “He always believed that any positive development in the education sector would automatically develop the society as well,” Pertin said. He added that the lack of good schools in the district has been one of the main reasons for students going astray and falling into the vices of drug addiction and alcoholism. He hoped that with the opening of new school, every student would have equal opportunity to avail quality education. Pertin also highly appreciated the capital complex DC Mige Kamki in his address for guiding him towards the Don Bosco fraternity which played a pivotal role in initiating the school’s establishment.

Rev. George Pallipparambil who also attended the function, while appreciating the land donors, assured everyone that their organization will work dedicatedly towards providing quality education. “In a few years time the school will be producing officers and well rounded personalities”, he said with conviction. DDSE (LDV) Mijum Lego while lauding the immense contribution of missionary schools in the field of education hoped that “with the establishment of Gora Pertin Memorial School in a remote area like ours, we will soon be producing people with necessary talents”. Present on the occasion also were Father Roy of Divine Word School, Roing Rev. Sister Cecilia Sad, Headmistress of new Gora Pertin Memorial School Sr. Basyrpailin Kurkalang besides, HoDs, parents and teachers. The students of Divine Word School presented a band display. Numbers of dance programmes were also presented by the students on the occasion.



Ering calls for bilateral talks on Tsangpo dams

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Member of Parliament, Arunachal East, Ninong Ering has called for bilateral meetings between India and China on the water sharing issues of Tsangpo/Siang and Brahmaputra rivers.

Raising the issue of Zangbo Hydro Project located in Gyaca, China and other three dams over Tsangpo River in the Parliament on Tuesday, MP Ering stated that this will be very disastrous in the near future.  Stating that India and China have no river water agreement, Ering questioned whether the government was taking the issue seriously.

He stated that the hydropower projects over Tsangpo which is Siang in Arunachal Pradesh and Brahmaputra in Assam will create water scarcity not only in Arunachal Pradesh but throughout the North-eastern region.

China is constructing three more dams at Dagu, Jie Xu and Jia Chen over Tsangpo River other than Zangbo.



Negativity and pessimism choking Arunachal’s growth

[ Denhang Bosai ]

They say that when the people, especially the youth, the most potent force, lose their hopes for no apparent reason(s) then no society or state can forge ahead. Most unfortunately, this is exactly what is happening among the youths of our beautiful state. They are competing against one another in all social networking sites and other available media to run down, despise, ridicule and pain a painfully gloomy picture of their own state. Negativity and pessimism are the catch words for them today. Not only in media but also in real life the people of Arunachal Pradesh are, for strange reason(s), more interested about what the Chief Minister, the Ministers and the MLAs are doing, blissfully forgetting to perform their own bounden duties. They seem to be least bothered about what they can contribute towards the growth of their state but are always keen to poke their ‘long’ noses in others’ affairs. This is a sure recipe for disaster and doesn’t augur well at all for the fast growing state Arunachal Pradesh. I have always maintained that ‘the biggest room in this world is the room for improvement and the easiest job is to criticize.’ Sadly, the people always tend to choose the latter for obvious reason. Whenever I happen to visit Itanagar these days the whistle of the train, especially of the AC Rajdhani Express taking off from the Naharlagun Railway Station sounds like a sweet music to my ears. Have we even imagined in the distant past that a train would indeed reach the landlocked state Arunachal Pradesh? Many more places in the state will be covered by train service soon. Seeing the capital roads being widened and colony roads being concretized give me the ever elusive ‘all is well feeling.’

The beautiful State Secretariat building, the new infrastructures which have sprung up everywhere and the success of individual entrepreneurs compel us to marvel at the speed with which the state is moving. Apart from these few examples I have cited, many people-friendly and useful projects are being implemented all over the state. I fail to fathom why some people pretend to act blind not to see the developmental processes taking place in the state. In the insurgency-hit Tirap district happy days are here again thanks to the improved law and order scenario. People there are celebrating festivals, organizing sports events and the people are more than willing to be a part and parcel of the developments processes and the sea changes the state is experiencing. Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha is travelling the proverbial extra mile to accelerate the pace of development in Tirap district.

The youth of Arunachal Pradesh must realize that nobody possesses a magical wand to wave away the ills and the plethora of problems the state is faced with. Its they who will have to build a strong, vibrant and self-reliant Arunachal Pradesh, free from the obnoxious smoke of enmity, communal disharmony, envy, jealousy and uncalled for criticism. They have to learn from their immediate neighbour Assam wherein frequent bandhs and unwarranted protests are crippling the otherwise most resourceful state. Paradoxically, some overtly adventurous youths of Arunachal Pradesh are trying to be a la Akhil Gogoi whose only job in this world is to protest. I have rechristened him as Akhil Protest Gogoi. He protests anything against that is even remotely related to development. They say ‘when the river overflows, the ants are eaten by the fish. But when the river dries up, the fishes are eaten by the ants. Life gives opportunities to all. Wait for your turn.’ This is only a quote from a wise man and must not be misconstrued.  The youths of Arunachal Pradesh must not try to equate Arunachal with other more developed places like New Delhi by trying to adopt dharnas as a mode of protest. People like Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal and others have proven track records who have contributed to their societies in no small measure. They are thoroughly committed social workers with impeccable records who had contributed immensely to the cause of their states and the country. People will only laugh if some Arunachal people try to copy them. Arunachal Pradesh is an infant state and the denizens have to work doubly hard to catch up with the other more advanced states. Protests and dharnas will not in any way serve the cause of the state. If these disgruntled youths have genuine grievances and better suggestions to make then they can always meet the law makers of the state. They must remember that a government is only as good as the people. If the people only complain and criticize without doing their jobs then no state can move ahead. Everybody, right from the farmers to the government employees to the youths and to the law makers have a vital role to play to build Arunachal Pradesh. Perpetual complaints and criticisms are sheer wastage of time. The people must not always expect what the state is giving to them. They must ask themselves what they are doing for the state.

I don’t know why some people don’t enjoy some one’s success. It thrills me to see young Arunachalee Doctors, Engineers, Administrators, Technocrats and Lawyers happily going about their jobs. It also delights me to see the young Arunachalee girls doing most of the computer jobs all over the state. As the eyes, ears and mouth of the government I have worked under former Chief Ministers Gegong Apang, Mukut Mithi, Dorjee Khandu, Jarbom Gamlin and now Nabam Tuki. I have always written glowingly about these towering political leaders of the state not because I expect something from them but because it’s my bounden duty to highlight the better side always. Projecting the state and the leaders doesn’t help in any way. The people have to egg on and encourage one another. As I said individual’s interest doesn’t count but the overall interest of the state does. All the districts in the state started the journey of life together. In this journey of life some districts in the state have made more progress and development in all spheres thanks to the hardwork put in by the people of those more developed districts. However, the relatively lesser developed districts must not complain but work harder to be at par with the more advanced districts. There were iconic political leaders from all the districts like Gegong Apang who was in the helms of affairs as the HCM for more than two decades, Mukut Mithi, Dorjee Khandu, Jarbom Gamlin, Tomo Riba, Todak Basar, Bakin Pertin, Tadak Dulom, PK Thungon, RK Khrimey, TL Rajkumar, Lowangcha Wanglat, Wangpha Lowang, first Education Minister, Nokmey Namati, first Speaker, Tengam Ngemu, Somchom Ngemu, Setong Sena, Padi Yubbe were the pioneers in Arunachal’s politics. All the districts in the state got equal representation in the State Legislative Assembly. In a nutshell, all the districts got a fair share of power. Now, why everybody has started complaining? The present Chief Minister Nabam Tuki like all his predecessors is putting his best foot forward to take the state to that cherished goal of all round progress and unprecedented pinnacle of development. Just as a newly planted sapling takes some time to fructify, the various development initiatives of the Tuki government will take time to bear fruits and pay healthy dividends. The people must have the patience and extend their fullest cooperation to the state government instead of complaining always and every time. The people will have to do away with the feeling of negativity and pessimism which is choking the healthy growth of the state.

(The writer is DIPRO, Tirap and can be reached at denhang Bosai @yahoo.co.in)

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Partiality in responding to natural disasters

The large-scale devastation caused in southern state of Tamil Nadu due to torrential rain is a cause for concern. Major part of Chennai city is under water for the last few days. While weather has been extremely unkind, some people have blamed civic authorities for the mess. Chennai comparatively is better planned in compare to other metropolitan cities. However over the year city has grown bigger but infrastructure has not been properly updraded. The chocking of sewerage and drainage has caused more flooding. Hopefully Tamil Nadu government has learnt a lesson and will address those critical areas in days to come.   

It is heartening to see people of India coming out in support of the people of Tamil Nadu and contributing whatever possible. Government of India and other state governments have also pledged support. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced additional Rs 1000-crore financial packages to the flood-hit Tamil Nadu to undertake immediate relief efforts in the affected areas. The fund is in addition to the sum of Rs 940 crore released from the National Disaster Relief Fund immediately after the submission of the report by the state government on 23rd last month.  Govt. of India should be lauded for their prompt response. However they did not exhibit similar promptness while dealing with natural disaster in the North East region. During last monsoon almost all the NE states were severely affected by flood and landslide. Modi never bothered to visit region and sent Dr Jitender Singh, minister DoNER, who is a junior minister. Also no package was announced for the flood affected NE states. Such attitude definitely raises question mark over sincerity of central govt. Even though it may not be the right time to raise this issue but people of NE region do feel neglected by the central government.





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Honourable or horrible?

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed paper, I would like to highlight the gloomy picture of students’ sentiment over the statement of district students union of Tirap, Changlang, and Longding via press release on 29th November 2015. In the statement the leaders of the aforementioned unions blamed the dissident MLAs for keeping aside the issue of Chakma-Hajong and asked them to come back to resume their duties and start developmental activities in their respective districts.

That very statement has made us wonder why they didn’t utter even a single word about the righteousness and indignation of their own MLAs. As they are representing the whole students’ body we do expect rationality and selflessness in their decision but they failed to show the expected qualities of a leader. I personally think that even if those MLAs resume their duties they may lead us to an unhappy path as they are themselves depressed and downhearted. Moreover when it’s about settling the disputes between two persons or groups, third person has to maintain neutrality all the time. And on behalf of the people of Tirap, Changlang and Longding I would like to remind the MLAs that it is high time to realize the sentiment of their people. They should be more concern for the public welfare than worrying about their political status.

And hopefully the general Arunachalees will agree if I appeal to our Chief Minister to come up with reasonable and justified resolution at the earliest possible because common people are suffering a lot due to political instability. It is inevitable fact that no matter how good a father is but he always has to take the blame for juvenile delinquency or broken family.

Respected ministers, do think about the generation next. What you are teaching today will be reflected in your children tomorrow. Your ideal personalities and moral roles are something worth more than monetary schemes to build a great Arunachal. Don’t compel the innocent youth to label you all with ‘Horrible’ replacing ‘Honourable’.


Pankai Chingsaham

President, TCLNSU-RGU



Intolerance in Arunachal Pradesh-a handiwork of BJP?

Dear Editor,

Going by media reports in recent times, it has proved beyond doubt that the country is witnessing a growing syndrome of ‘intolerance’ under the current regime at the Center. The BJP-led NDA has become puppets in the hands of its sister concerns like the RSS and is being influenced by fundamentalists at high places, which is encouraging people at the ground triggering ‘intolerance’ of the highest decree in the history of this great nation. The majorities of people, who believe in secularism enshrined in the Constitution, are facing the wrath of fundamentalists and have started to voice their resent vociferously.

Unfortunately, the trend of ‘intolerance’ has made inroads into the peaceful and secular state of Arunachal Pradesh, which is not healthy for a state where people of all faiths have been living together peacefully since ages. The blame for this has to be borne by the BJP in the state for following the footsteps of their peers in the mainland.

The so-called Jan Andolan launched by the state BJP is nothing but a symbol of ‘intolerance’ being propagated by the saffron party across the country. Instead of playing the role of a ‘link’ between the State and the Center and contribute in the development of the state, the state BJP unit is orchestrating ‘intolerance’ in the society by disturbing the developmental process through protests, dharnas and bandh calls. Besides, individual members of the party are spreading rumors, hatred, and unrest through social media as well as contemporary media. The ruling party in the state may not be a part of BJP but saffron party should understand that the people have given them mandate to rule for five years. By attempting to topple it through other means is a ‘intolerance’ of the worst decree.

Unfortunately, for Arunachal Pradesh ‘intolerance’ got a major boost with the appointment of J P Rajkhowa as the Governor, who is a staunch RSS supporter. From day one, he has exemplified that he is not at all tolerant. On the day he sworn in, he labels Arunachal Pradesh as the most corrupt state. As the head of the state, he should have taken stock of the situation first instead of shooting his mouth.

Immediately after assuming office, the Governor started calling for explanation from departmental officials for frivolous issues in strong worded letters, which can be best explained as equivalent to intimidation. Most of the officers have been busy only in responding to the Governor’s queries after queries putting on hold other developmental activities. Meetings are frequently held at Raj Bhavan between BJP and its allied organizations so much so that even the strategies of the Jan Andolan were decided there.

Allegations after allegations erupted from Raj Bhavan as if it was the headquarters of the Opposition. Isn’t the state government the government of the Governor? If something is wrong, isn’t the Governor responsible too as the head of the state? By blaming the state government and its functionaries, isn’t he blaming himself? ‘Intolerance’ of the Governor reached its height with the news appearing in local newspapers of his ‘dreaded three minutes’ in the elevator due to power failure! Raj Bhavan of late has become the laughing stock of the state for ‘intolerance’ of everything under the sun.

To sum it all, it has also been reported that the legislators from Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts are being intimidated and threatened of dire consequences if they support the elected state government under the current leadership by forces at the behest of BJP leaders.

All these prove to the hilt that the Party at the Center while harping on secularism is instigating intolerance all over the country, not even sparing the peaceful state of Arunachal Pradesh. In this “Intolerance phobia”, we the Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) would like to edify to all parties and individual not to wrongly judge us for speaking upfront. The ACS has always taken steps ahead to work for the positive purpose and well-being of the State.


Patey Tayum


Arunachal Civil Society (ACS)




Engineers of PWD (Highway) should learn a lesson

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the news item ‘Quality road without people’s support is merely a dream’ published today in your esteemed daily. First of all I would like to appreciate Er Tadar Bhupen and Er Kipa Sera for working so hard to construct a good CC road. If all the engineers show dedication likes them, we will definitely have decent infrastructure in place in the state.

But the picture of biker damaging the newly constructed CC road is really disturbing to see. Recently some goons had also damaged CC road at Naharlagun. These kinds of incidents do not bode well for the state. If citizens disturb developmental activities, then how will state progress? It is well known that trans-Arunachal highway is progressing in snail pace due to our own mistakes. Too much greed for compensation and constant disturbances of construction agencies has put brake in the progress of TAH. SRK Company also left state due to extortion from various unions and associations. Unless people of state create healthy atmosphere, development project will continue to fail and state will remain backward.

I also take this opportunity to question engineers of PWD (Highway). In the ongoing widening work quality has been compromised. We hardly see any engineers monitoring the work. Few hour of heavy rain this morning has caused destruction of newly constructed paved shoulder. Everyone including auto drivers who hardly know anything about engineering stuff is saying that quality is being compromised. But PWD (Highway) is maintaining stoic silence. Either engineers of highway are blind and if not they have been silenced by money. I am sorry to say this but it really saddens us to see wastage of public money at this time when state is going through financial hardship. I appeal Chief Minister and Minister PWD to personally intervene.  We are anxiously waiting for repairing of capital road. Hopefully this time atleast PWD (Highway) will not compromise with quality. They should learn few lesson from engineers of PWD Capital Division-A.


TT Tahin,